TAGBILARAN CITY – While its tourism industry “is back in full swing” following the series of calamities, the province of Bohol remains short of food supply, particularly vegetables, Atty. Lucas Nunag, chair, Provincial Tourism Council, yesterday said. Representing the tourism sector, Nunag gave his piece during the Pilmico’s launching of “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin” campaign with the theme “Promoting Sustainable Livelihood Thru Linkages” at Jjs SeaFood Village in this city.
Nunag said that there’s a need to secure food supply that are locally produced “to make tourism more inclusive and sustainable” because “food is vital component of tourism industry.” He cited as example of these challenges is that vegetable are procured from Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental capital and beef from other places.
As Bohol bounces back from series of calamities, such as the Oct 15, 2013 earthquake and super typhoon “Yolanda,” that plunged Bohol to darkness, “we have to be prepared not only on infrastructure but food to secure.” Nunag, who also represented Bohol Association of Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants (BAHRR), said that Pilmico’s campaign is timely to help attain inclusive growth.
He said that BAHRR members will be required to be “certified as green resort” that source out locally produced food supply. The proximity of transporting food or goods from farm to market would be more of advantage than importing food. In his recent State of the Province Address (SOPA) held at Bohol Cultural Center, Gov. Edgar Chatto cited that tourist arrivals have improved to 438,908 last year, higher than 389,767 in 2013.
Bohol experienced a whooping 665,663 in 2011 but downed with 356,370 in 2012. A total of 520,676 visited Bohol in 2010, the governor said. Tourist arrivals in Central Visayas region has “slackened,” according to director Efren Carreon, director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) region 7 in his economic report last year. NEDA blamed the onslaught of calamities in magnitude 7.2 earthquake and supertyphoon “Yolanda” that wrecked havoc to properties and infrastructures and left thousands lifeless. (rvo)